About Jen

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Hello and welcome to How To: Simplify! This is my little corner of the Internet where I love to share tips, tricks, and recipes to simplify life in the kitchen! My name is Jen and here's my story....

By day, I'm a Senior Account Manager at Mom It Forward. In my spare time, you will most likely find me in my kitchen covered in either flour, sugar, or both. I'm the author, photographer, and recipe developer on this food blog.

I started this blog back in 2009 when I found myself in a new city and away from family and friends. I'm super close with my family and many of my family members were (and still are) in Michigan and I was (and still am) living in D.C. I soon found it difficult to stay in touch with them which was a growing frustration.

I've always loved to bake and cook, my passion is photography, I get so much joy out of writing, and I love to tell stories through my writing. So, I figured, why not combine writing, baking, cooking, staying in touch with family and friends, and taking photographs into one place? That's when I started my blog.


Food:

I must admit, I have an insatiable appetite for baking and cooking. I absolutely love preparing sweet and savory dishes for family and friends.

My philosophy when it comes to creating dishes is -- the more from scratch the better. However, I know that many of us find it difficult to create amazing and delicious dishes due to either budget, time constraints or fear of the end result. I'm here to show you that it's possible by sharing with you tips and tricks, as well as simple recipes that require very few ingredients (many of which you probably already have in your kitchen) and only a small amount of prep and cook time. I'm all about making time spent in the kitchen simple and enjoyable!


Photography:

I fell in love with photography at a young age as the dark room started to become my second home. While studying journalism at Michigan State University, I enrolled in a photojournalism class, switched to digital photography, and traveled to the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic to study photography.

I have studied photojournalism, as well as documentary, food, portraiture, and landscape photography. Samples of my work can be viewed on my photography site, Jen Tilley Photography. Each day, I'm learning, growing, and experimenting with photography since it is a true passion of mine.


Surroundings:

Originally from Michigan, I now live in a D.C. rowhouse. I was lucky enough to marry my best friend and we share our home with two rescue dogs: a boxer mix named Caster and a lab mix named Tugboat. We are expecting our first baby in December 2013. The photos throughout this page are from our maternity photo shoot.

You will most likely find me working on my computer, spending time with family and friends, playing with my dogs, baking and cooking in the kitchen, taking photographs, traveling, enjoying wine (when I'm not pregnant), or trying to improve my green thumb.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I hope you enjoy the recipes, photos, and stories that I share.

All the best in the kitchen,

Jen

Learn more about me on JenTilley.com.

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